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Dev World Bioeth. 2011 Dec;11(3):154-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8847.2011.00303.x. Epub 2011 Jul 25.

Sex selection abortion in Kazakhstan: understanding a cultural justification.

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Northern Plains Ethics Institute, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA.


The topic of abortion has been extensively researched, and the research has produced a large number of arguments and discussions. Missing in the literature, however, are discussions of practices in some areas of the Developing or Third World. In this paper, we examine the morality of sex selection abortions in Kazakhstan's Kazakh culture, and argue that such abortions can be ethically justified based, in part, on the unique perspectives of Kazakh culture.

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